WHS & Wellbeing Consultant
Proactive Health & Safety
What are you/your organisation currently focusing on in terms of workplace health and wellbeing?
I work with small to medium workplaces and advise them on WHS and Wellbeing issues and implement simple solutions to meet their needs. I mostly do WHS for my clients but have been slowly introducing wellbeing activities for them.
I’ve just started with my first Wellbeing only client, so that’s exciting. We’ve started with a simple program of Flu vaccinations, Healthy Heart checks, mindfulness and Nutrition demonstrations. They’re very excited about the program and so am I.
What aspect of workplace health and wellbeing does your organisation do well in?
I have run simple yet effective activities for Mental Health month over the last few years for several of my clients. This has resulted in an increased awareness of mental health. Over 10% of workers at these workplaces sought additional help from external agencies for themselves or their loved ones with mental health issues. The feedback over the following months was great to hear.
What’s your biggest challenge working in workplace health and wellbeing?
Getting my clients to see the long-term benefits of WHS and Wellbeing initiatives.
How does WayAhead Workplaces add value to your organisation’s health and wellbeing program?
WayAhead Workplaces keeps me motivated and inspired to keep doing what I’m doing. The regular meetings give me the opportunity to hear what other workplaces are doing and also to meet likeminded colleagues.
How do you deal with stress?
I try to meditate a few times/week. I exercise most days in some form (swim, walk, gym – depending on what I feel like) and I regularly think how lucky I am – so I practice gratitude – helps to keep things in perspective.
What are the key issues and considerations for people in workplace health and wellbeing roles?
To understand that one size doesn’t fit all – not everyone wants to run a triathlon, but it’s great if you do. Wellbeing means different things to different people depending on what’s going on in their lives.
How do you switch off from work?
I love reading, dancing and catching up with family and friends.
What is your best time-saving tip?
Think things out from different perspectives first, then get moving - I need to take my own advice more often!
What do you think the future of work health and wellness programs look like?
Hopefully more proactive from a WHS point of view and that Wellness is an ongoing journey and it is prioritised as a normal part of the workplace, not just a “nice to have” function.